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Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison
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Light That Sounds Like Breaking - Lynn Pattison

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-40-8

In these richly sensuous poems, Lynn Pattison explores the natural world, body politics, the life and work of Marc Chagall, Asian cultural influences filtered through an American sensibility and more, within an overall sequence loosely structured as a journey. The book’s stunning imagery and musicality lead us into a world both artistically beautiful and emotionally resonant.

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee

Cedar
by Lynn Pattison

It’s not about resisting
gravity, or she’d lean back

into shade. Last spring her roots
had toehold, held her almost plumb

at the riverbank, but acting
on code from the heartwood she’s thrown

a branch out halfway across the river. A thickbowed,
desperate gesture that tugs

her toward the water. She can’t help it,
she reaches like a beggar for the sun’s loose change.

Lynn Pattison work has appeared in a variety of venues, most recently Rattle, Heliotrope, Rhino, Diagram, and The MacGuffin, and has been anthologized in The Dire Elegies: 59 Poets on Endangered Species, ed. Roger Weir & Karla Merrifield (2006). Pattison lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband, Richard.


Lynn also has a chapbook published by March Street Press